Obese women at greater risk of repeat miscarriages
Article in the Sunday Telegraph
"Researchers at St Mary's Hospital in London found that obese women who had suffered one miscarriage had a significantly increased risk of a further miscarriage compared to those who were of a normal weight.
The 11-year study investigated the effect of body mass index (BMI) on unexplained recurrent miscarriages. The women had their BMI measured and were placed into one of four categories: underweight; normal; overweight; and obese.
When maternal age and number of previous miscarriages were taken into account, those women who were obese were shown to have a 60 per cent higher chance of a further miscarriage compared to those with normal weight, although the precise reasons are not yet clear.
Winnie Lo, Clinical Nurse Specialist at St Mary's Hospital, said "Ours is the first study to look directly at the link between BMI and recurrent miscarriage. It shows that obese women who experience recurrent miscarriage are at greater risk of subsequent pregnancy loss."
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